Maher: ‘Unnecessary and horrible’ to mask kids, their ‘education, sanity and social skills’ suffer

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Political satirist Bill Maher slammed the medical establishment for the roller coaster of information they have provided during the COVID pandemic and argued that it was time to do what “a growing list of countries have done” and go back to something more like normal.

The HBO “Real Time” host noted on Friday’s episode that “making kids, who have a COVID survivability rate of 99.98% mask up like bandits… unfortunately, the thing that is getting stolen is their education, their sanity, and their social skills”

Maher argued in his signature fashion that even though he’s not a fan of youngsters, even they shouldn’t have to put up with the COVID mania any longer.

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“It’s time to do what a growing list of countries have done and announced we’re going back to something more like normal. Beginning by recognizing that what we’re doing to kids is unnecessary and horrible, and I don’t even like kids,” Maher said.

Maher reached into the past to draw comparisons with the HIV pandemic of the 1980s and the current hysteria of the COVID pandemic.

“When people ask me, why are you so skeptical of what the medical establishment tells us? I say, because I’ve seen them react to a virus before,” Maher explained. “By 1987, CDC officials pretty much knew how HIV was spreading and who was in danger.”

“But science can be arbitrary, and instead of being precise and focusing on who should be protected, we launched a fear campaign about how AIDS was going to explode into the heterosexual community. Oprah Winfrey summed up what people were hearing when she said, ‘Research studies now project…one in five heterosexuals could be dead from AIDS…by 1990,’” he cited.

“But that didn’t happen, and the upshot of bad information was that in the late 1980s, low-risk Americans were swamping testing facilities and diverting our attention and energy away from the truly at-risk,” the 66-year-old said.

“New York in 2020 learned the hard way how much better precision would have been in prioritizing protecting the nursing homes. Contrary to popular lore, COVID is not Russian roulette. Of course, any virus, any thing, can kill anyone at any time. But we know who COVID kills. … If you’re obese and unvaccinated, or 85 and still crowd-surfing at music festivals, yes, this will likely go badly for you,” Maher joked. “But at some point, that has to stop being my responsibility. Doesn’t it make more sense to focus on helping the vulnerable stay safe and let the rest of us go back to living normal lives?”

“There is always going to be another variant. We can’t go on, forever, in permanent hair on fire, cancel Christmas, handjobs through a hazmat suit, freak the f**k out mode. I haven’t been to my office in two years, that ficus needs water!” he exclaimed.

Maher noted the ever-changing science that has evolved throughout the pandemic and the cancel culture that attacked and silenced anyone not parroting the approved pandemic narrative of the moment.

“A study this week from a professor at Johns Hopkins concluded that the lockdowns we all suffered through had little impact in reducing COVID deaths. Okay, that’s kind of a big one to get wrong,” he asserted. “Last July, President Biden said, ‘You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.’ Well, I already knew that was wrong then, and now we all do. The former Director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, believes COVID originated in a lab, and now our intelligence agencies agree, it might have. But for months on social media, it was banned to even discuss it.”

“Look, I’m not saying the medical establishment isn’t trying to figure s**t out, or that they’re corrupt — although there is some of that. But how about just wrong? Wrong a lot. Wrong about HIV, wrong about lockdowns, wrong about kids, wrong about how you couldn’t get it if you were vaccinated,” he said.

“Remember washing our packages? And there’s never been any research showing that outdoor transmission is likely or common, yet L.A. County says we’re still supposed to mask up for big outdoor events, like we’ll be at the Super Bowl…. well, supposed to…” he said, referring to photos that NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson posted on social media of him posing with California Governor Gavin Newsom posing and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in clear defiance of the public health order requiring masks at large outdoor events.

“I’m just asking, how much wrong do you get to be while still holding the default setting for people who represent the science? Eat eggs, then don’t, then do. Take aspirin, then don’t, then do. The food pyramid, really? Bread and milk every day? Okay, you do you,” Maher said.

“Fifteen years ago, they were recommending trans fats. Now, they’re illegal, just like almost a hundred prescription drugs which were once called safe and effective and then yanked off the market because they were not,” the comedian noted seriously.

“It reminds me of how the Republicans are constantly doing traitorous things like trying to steal elections and inviting the Russians into the Oval Office and somehow, are still known as the party of patriotism. We’ve had this problem in medicine for a long time. The same people who, in private care, always say, get a second opinion, want to allow only one in the public debate.”

“But plainly, the medical-industrial complex has not earned the right to claim monopoly status on information about this virus or medicine in general,” he concluded. “Yes, free speech has allowed people to hear misinformation sometimes. And a lot of it was yours.”


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